Pakistan pro boxer Waseem to defend title

WBC silver flyweight champion to face Magramo on November 27


Natasha Raheel October 08, 2016
WBC silver flyweight champion to face Magramo on November 27. PHOTO COURTESY: Andy Kim

KARACHI: Pakistan’s sole professional boxer Muhammad Waseem, who is the incumbent World Boxing Council (WBC) silver champion, is all set to defend his title on November 27 in South Korea’s capital Seoul, saying he believes that taking down a tough competitor like Philippines’ Geimel Magramo will only add to his credentials.

Waseem, who won the WBC silver flyweight title after defeating Filipino boxer Jether Oliva in July, is aiming to realise his ultimate goal of becoming the WBC champion by taking on WBC world super flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez later. But before that, he needs to expand his profile.

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The 29-year-old stunned onlookers when he won the silver title in just the fourth fight of his professional career.

The Quetta-born pugilist is in the US and training with Jeff Mayweather till the next month.

“I want to win this fight, but Magramo is a formidable opponent with a great record,” Waseem told The Express Tribune. “I’ve just started getting back on the track with Jeff after a break.”

Magramo, 22, is more experienced than Waseem in the pro circuit, has played 63 rounds in 17 bouts and is undefeated in his career so far.

Waseem, who is currently training at least six hours a day, believes the amount of time he spends sparring with different boxers will make a difference.

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“My target is to have at least 100-102 sparring rounds — ideally more,” said Waseem. “I’m spending a lot of time in physical training too, but the biggest advantage of training in the US is that we get a variety of sparring partners — from Puerto Rico to Phoenix.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2016.

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